Coming Soon – Farm Tour – Reserve your Spot!

 Farm Tour!  Less than a week away.  Sunday July 24th, 2 – 4 p.m. Rain or Shine  Tour the growing spaces – garden fields, greenhouses and we wrap it all up with a garden lunch.     Tips – from asparagus to zucchini – compost, tomatoes, etc. See ideas grown over the decades like  a cuke fence to tying up tomatoes Planning on attending?  Let us know so Judith knows how much food to prepare …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has salad and braising greens, Carrots, snap peas, herbs, green onions, the first of the potatoes, beans, and green top Walla Walla onions Field Notes.  The key words for the week are green manures and mulch!  Ken is nearly done mulching.  And he has green manures coming up all over – field to the former flower garden!   Last weekend Ken traveled to the Mother Earth News …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has salad and braising greens, herbs, garlic scapes, green onions, snap peas, carrots or beets, asparagus, and strawberries. Field Notes.  Ken has started mulching.  First he cultivates, then pulls any larger weeds, then spreads mulch to cover the soil – it keeps soil temperatures moderate to promote microbial life in the soil, and it lowers weed pressure.  Ken tries to keep soil covered with either mulch or …

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Strawberries – A Love Hate Relationship

I love strawberries.  They are usually the first fruit after a long winter.  And I don’t mind picking a limited quantity bent over or on my hands and knees.  The Germans, I am told, call them ground berries – and for good reason.     Finding strawberries grown without chemicals is challenging.  They are usually one of the top crops listed on the Environmental Working Group’s Dirty Dozen crops with pesticide residue.   Strawberries are …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, salad greens, braising greens like kale or chard, green onions, asparagus, herbs, and snap peas. Field Notes.  Ken is busy; that seems to be a common spring theme.  He is wrapping up the full season plantings with sweet potatoes (they came late) and next season’s strawberry plants, and starting fall plantings of root crops like beets and carrots.  In between rain he cultivates.  And when …

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Harvest Newsletter

Greetings from the Garden!  This week’s CSA box has lettuce, salad and braising greens like beet thins, endive, and Napa cabbage, the last of spinach, asparagus, sun chokes, green onions, radishes, herbs, and the first of the snap peas.       Field Notes. This is one the year’s busiest times for Ken.  He is juggling so many things: planting the sequential crops like lettuce, planting the last of the “full season” crops like potatoes, …

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Spring Progresses to Summer

The days are lengthening; summer approaches.  Ken has been excited that we have been getting rain; the same rain has kept him busy keeping his crops ahead of the weeds.  Once the soil is no longer wet and gummy, Ken  cultivates; it is easiest when the weeds are small, not once they are large enough to require bending and pulling!.  Most sunny days, he announces, “It’s a fine day for slaying weeds!”  He continues to …

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Freezing Spinach

The spinach season varies each year with weather.  Spinach, like most greens, does best in cool damp weather.  With the sharp weather changes in spring, there is a time when the plant leaves get thinner and smaller as the plant starts to shift energy from making leaves to producing seed.  When growers say bolt, this is what they mean.  The plant has shifted its energy, and it is only a matter of time until the …

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Denim Rugs Ready for a New Home!

The denim rugs are finished!  Ken got this rug loom at an auction – a story in itself.  It has a sectional warp beam so I can do long warps easily.  this reduces time spent setting up the warp.  This was my first sectional warp, and I have learned a lot.          The sections need to be the same number of revolutions.  I discovered near the end that I was at the …

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Freezing Asparagus

Each year about this time I start freezing green vegetables for winter.  This week I froze some asparagus.  Asparagus is a great boost to kidney function – like a cleanse.  I like to make cream of asparagus soup in the winter when we start to feel sluggish.  When friends come who do not eat dairy, I use oats as a creamy thickener instead – an old trick of Ken’s     I blanch most vegetables …

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